Luke Shaw has admitted playing at centre-back for Manchester United is ‘not easy’ after the club’s semi final triumph over Brighton in the FA Cup.
The natural left-back was drafted in to play at the heart of the Red Devils’ defence due to Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez’s injuries, as well as Harry Maguire’s domestic suspension.
Having played the role on a few occasions already this season, Shaw looked extremely comfortable alongside Victor Lindelof in central defence in the eventual penalty shootout win at Wembley Stadium, helping keep an impressive Brighton attacking lineup at bay for over 120 minutes.
Despite looking like a natural in the role, speaking to the press after the game, Shaw admitted to finding the positional change to be a challenge, stating: “Obviously it’s not easy [playing at centre-back]. If it was in a three, it’s a bit different. But when it’s two, it’s a lot different, to be honest.
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“But whenever I play there, I really enjoy it and obviously we had a couple days [to prepare]. The manager spoke to me about it and Victor of course because against a team like this they’re very tricky, a lot of tactical [information]. Sometimes I had to stay in the middle of the pitch to follow them.
“So it’s something new but I love playing there, I love playing football. To get the win today was the most important thing.”
Shaw may be shifted back over to left-back on Thursday evening when Harry Maguire returns from his one-match suspension for the clash with Tottenham Hotspur.
Alongside goal-getter Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw has inarguably been one of Manchester United’s best and most consistent performers under Erik ten Hag this season.
The defender has been a crucial part of the new manager’s plans thus far, playing 39 games for the club in all competitions and regularly putting in high-level performances.
On this edition of The Promised Land, part of the 90min podcast network, Scott Saunders & Rob Blanchette discuss Man Utd’s progress to the FA Cup final following a penalty shootout win over Brighton, and Thursday’s crucial Premier League trip to Spurs. If you can’t see this embed, click here to listen to the podcast!